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Community and Human Services

Building vital communities, families and individuals
Department of Community and Human Services
Chinook Building
401 5th Ave, Suite 500
Seattle, WA 98104

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Phone:  206-263-9100
Fax:   206-296-5260
TTY:   711 Relay Service

Adrienne Quinn, Director

Sherry Hamilton, Communications Manager

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Glossary of contracting terms

Boilerplate:
Standard format for a document, specifically a contract format.

Certificate of Insurance:
Certificate submitted by the agency verifying that its insurance coverage complies with the insurance requirements of the contract.

Conflict of Interest:
Conflict; or appearance of potential conflict between the public interest and the private financial interest of the individual or agency concerned.

Consultant Disclosure Form:
Form a consultant is required to submit on all contracts over $2,500. This form is submitted to the Board of Ethics to determine whether there are any ethics code or conflict of interest issues.

Contract:
A deliberate agreement in legal format between two or more competent parties, upon consideration, to do or abstain from doing some legal act.

Contract Execution:
After the contractor has signed the contract with King County, it is upon the signature of King County that the contract is actually executed and binding and at no time prior to such act.

Contract Manager (Monitor):
A contract manager or monitor negotiates the terms and conditions in contracts and ensuing compliance with the terms and conditions, as well as documenting and agreeing to changes that may arise during the term of the contract.

Contractor:
Individual or agency that agrees to provide services.

Credentialing:
A process that provides a means of evaluating, selecting and contracting with qualified mental health providers for the purpose of providing services under a publicly-funded managed care program.

Equal Benefit's Ordinance:
The King County Ordinance that sets forth certain conditions under which contractors doing business with the county must provide benefit packages to their empolyees' domestic partners that are equal to the benefits offered to their married employees.

Non-profit Organization:
A legally recognized organization whose primary objective is to support an issue or matter of public concern such as human services for non-commercial purposes, without concern for monetary profit.

Notice of funding availability (NOFA):
Announcement by a funder, or group of funders, of funding available for housing and/or supportive services through a competitive process.

Proposal:
An offer submitted to the county to enter into a contract.

Proposers:
Agencies that prepare and submit proposals for work solicited by the county.

RCW: Refers to the Revised Code of Washington.

Request for Proposal (RFP):
A document soliciting proposals for a particular service. The document includes project information, and submittal information and requirements.

Request for Information (RFI):
A research tool used to assist the county to determine or clarify business requirements.

Request for Qualifications (RFQ):
Refers to a request to an agency to document their qualifications to provide a given service.

Scope of Work:
A specific description of the work to be performed. This description may include tasks, schedule, time and place of services and performance requirements.

Subcontractor:
An agency that signs a contract to perform part or all of the obligations of another's contract.

View King County Procurement Office Glossary of Terms.